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We’re all spinning

We’re all spinning

Xpress Mag Staff

April 17, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s65GbpdaL0&feature=youtu.be Written by Katrina Andaya Photo & Video by Tony Santos She looks up just for a brief moment as her green and yellow hula-hoop spins effortlessly around her slim body. Her movement graceful and elegant, a testament of her backgroun...

Fostering Friends

Xpress Mag Staff

April 8, 2014

Written by Melissa Landeros In the summer of 2005 SF State established the Guardian Scholars Program (GSP), which would prove to be life-changing for a number of students. The program, created to cater the needs of students who were or still are in the foster system trying to pursue an undergraduate...

Finding the Light

Xpress Mag Staff

April 8, 2014

Written by Bek Phillips Photos by Gavin McIntyre “I love you, mom.” Those were the words she wrote before she emptied a full bottle of Vicodin in her hand and methodically took each pill. All she wanted was to sleep forever and put the last three years of depression behind her. She was eig...

Breathe: Holistic Health

Xpress Mag Staff

April 7, 2014

  Written by Ben Tasner Photos by Lorisa Salvatin Students rest their arms and legs as they lie on the floor of a darkened dance studio. The room is an ocean, and their bodies, like softly breaking waves, unfurl in the moonlight of the half-cracked door. The instructor, like a captain...

The Beginning and End as Far as Rap Goes*

Xpress Mag Staff

April 7, 2014

Written by Katie Mullen Photos by Lorisa Salvatin To define hip-hop as a musical genre and culture is to make sense of an oxymoron. The true essence of hip-hop resides on the continuum between intention and interpretation. Hip-hop reflects, and always will reflect, the people that surround it. Drastic differ...

At the Crack of the Whip

Xpress Mag Staff

April 7, 2014

Written by Katrina Andaya, photos by Ryan Leibrich “The noise you are hearing is a sonic boom,” Daren Wilkerson, a semi professional whip cracker, says under his brown Indiana Jones hat. “The tail end of the whip is going to exceed seven hundred and sixty-eight miles per hour. That is the...

An Undocumented Dream

Xpress Mag Staff

April 3, 2014

Story By Nicole Crittenden Photo By Jenny Sokolova Nestled between the protective arms of her mother, one-year-old Jessica Iniguez and her parents say goodbye to their home in Jalisco as they depart on a thirty-six hour bus ride across Mexico. They are headed to a safe house in Tijuana where they ca...

Fur and Loving: Unzipping the SF Furry Culture

Chantel Genest

April 3, 2014

Written by Chantel Genest A purple fox is spotted walking upright on Harrison Street in the Mission District. It halts at the corner, greeted with hugs from a brown teddy bear, a silver wolf, and a neon bunny just outside a dark and narrow cavern blaring electronic dance music. Passersby scoff at ...

On Silk and Ink

Xpress Mag Staff

April 3, 2014

By Julian Lim Photos by Lorisa Salvatin Only half of the emerald neon sign is on. A grouping of the center letters, which in whole spell out “Mission Cultural Center,” is nearly invisible in the sunset-darkened Mission District of San Francisco. The lobby beneath the sign is empty. A soft rhythmic thud pulsate...

Inside Noise Pop 2014

Xpress Mag Staff

March 7, 2014

Written by Nadine Quitania Photos by Tony Santos In the Bay Area, the Noise Pop Festival is not only for new music discoveries, (the opening bands this year were insane) but also love and respect for the ones that have been around for much longer. Organizers also show their appreciation for...

The odd one out:An exploration of social normalities

The odd one out:An exploration of social normalities

Xpress Mag Staff

February 21, 2014

Written by Anais Fuentes Photo courtesy of creativecommons.org Why is it that we get so uncomfortable when seeing other people act unusually? Two words—social normalities. Dr. Eve Shapiro, sociology lecturer at SF State, says social norms are rules or expectations for people in society. These embedde...

Faces of SF State

Xpress Mag Staff

February 14, 2014

Written by Mariana Barrera Photos by Rebekah Didlake From pizza lovers to commuter-students, meet the spectrum of people that roam our campus. [widgetkit id=5832]

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